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Master’s Concentration

Emergency Planning and Response

The recent rise in environmental emergencies requires leaders who are equipped to handle risks, disasters, and recovery. In this master’s degree concentration part of the Environmental Policy and Management program, you’ll train to mitigate and assess large-scale disasters and major environmental emergencies from initial response through to recovery. Be prepared to protect life, property, and business continuity while leading each step of a comprehensive emergency management plan. You’ll develop strategies to fortify community risk reduction preparedness and learn the essential communication and collaboration skills needed to effectively respond to environmental hazards, incidents, and disruptions.

 

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
April 1

Term Length
10 Weeks

Master's Degree
Tuition
$38,688

Format
Online
Admission
No GRE or GMAT
Duration
As few as 18 months

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University College is committed to educational access, and given the difficult circumstances currently impacting millions of people, we are waiving application fees.

Skills You’ll Learn

Identify, analyze, and respond to a variety of environmental emergencies
Lead a comprehensive emergency management plan from mitigation to response and recovery
Create and manage emergency mitigation plans

Curriculum

Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management with a concentration in Emergency Planning and Response requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses).

 

All students are required to complete a zero-credit
Student Success Course.

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Core Courses

4

Concentration
Courses

4

Elective Courses

Core Courses

Learn the scope of activity, historical development, and future direction of the industry. These courses provide a foundation that you'll draw on throughout your concentration and elective courses. The capstone serves as the culminating academic experience in which you'll explore a problem of practice in your field of study.

EPM 4003 Environmental Finance and Economics
EPM 4200 Environmental Protection Law
EPM 4910 Research Practices and Applications
EPM 4901 Capstone Project
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EPM 4902 Capstone Seminar
Concentration Courses

Develop deep expertise and skills in Environmental Policy and Management through the following concentration courses.

SMGT 4210 Critical Incident Management
SMGT 4230 Mitigation for Emergency Managers
SMGT 4240 Emergency Incident Recovery
SMGT 4400 Emergency Planning
Elective Courses

Elective courses may be chosen from among non core and concentration courses in the Security Management program, and you may also select courses in other University College graduate programs.

Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals.

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Sample Schedule

Plan out your schedule and determine your preferred timeline for completing your master’s degree—finish in as few as 18 months or take up to five years.

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Interested in a graduate certificate?

Explore our four and six course graduate certificates in Emergency Planning and Response.

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Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Emergency Planning and Response

From raging wildfires to natural disasters, it’s currently a “very stressful environment” according to the American Red Cross, which requires expertise in environmental emergency preparedness to protect communities
Employment of emergency management directors is projected to grow 6% through 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
From emergency management specialists to public information officers, emergency management directors to business emergency operations specialist, careers in emergency and disaster management are in high-demand, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Job Titles

Emergency Prevention Officer
Emergency Management Director
Emergency Response Manager or Technician
Environmental Specialist
Environmental Public Health Investigator
Health and Safety Manager

Emergency Management Specialist Salary​: National Average

$75,000

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Environmental Policy and Management

“I was already working in my field and I was loving my field and so, I wanted to continue to be on the ground, getting my hands dirty, making an impact while pursuing my master’s at the same time.” —Dayna Reggero, graduate.

Flexible Online Classes

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We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

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Advisory Board

Our programs are developed and updated with the input of advisory boards composed of industry leaders and employers. This ensures that you'll learn what employers are looking for, and gain the most current information with a view to future industry trends, connecting you to future success.
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William Bellamy

Senior Vice President of Global Water Services, CH2M Hill

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David Stewart

Stewart Environmental Consultants, Inc

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Joel Hirschboeck

Director of Risk Management, Jefferson County Public Schools

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Lyle Laverty

Colorado State Parks Director

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Howard Roitman

Former Director of Environmental Programs, Colorado Department of Public Health & Safety

Accreditation

 


Higher Learning Commission

University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

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